CTSI Community Engaged Research Initiative e-Library: Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities for CBOs & Researchers


The Duke CTSI Community Engagement Population Health Improvement Awards program aims to engage community and academic partners in collaborative research that promotes novel ideas to improve community and population health. Duke CTSI, home of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award at Duke, will provide approximately $200,000 for direct costs to support pilot awards that can be used to either a) develop new community-research partnerships or b) foment already existing community and research partnerships that aim to develop and test effective solutions to improve community and population health. These partnerships and innovations can originate from community stakeholders or from Duke research partners but they must involve both community and research collaborators.  

The CTSI Population Health Improvement Awards program has a three-level funding opportunity designed to identify and promote the most promising community-research collaborations. These collaborations will work together to  develop solutions designed to address population health issues identified as priorities by the community and provide support for community-partnered studies to generate pilot  data needed to develop larger scale proposals, awards, and projects.

Key Dates for 2019

RFA publication date: Saturday, December 1, 2018

Application Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

CTSI Population Health Improvement Awards

LOI Deadline January 24, 2019

Co-Development Awards

  • Encourages and facilitates new investigative community-academic partnerships designed to improve community health and may also include health research that advances the science of stakeholder and community-engaged research.
  • Up to $25,000
  • Mandatory Letter of Intent Deadline: January 24, 2019

Advanced Partnership Awards

  • Seeks to support joint research proposals from community organizations/groups and Duke researchers who have already developed innovations to address health problems and are ready to advance pilot testing these solutions through broader community-engaged implementation research studies.
  • Up to $25,000
  • Mandatory Letter of Intent Deadline: January 24, 2019

View the RFA for these awards

Population Health Improvement Collaboration Seed Awards

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Small planning awards of $1,500 to community organizations and Duke investigators interested in working with the CTSI’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CeRi) for guidance on developing impactful community-research partnerships and planning collaborative population health improvement research proposals that impact community and population health.

View the RFA for this award


Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Community Engaged Research Initiative to facilitate connections to other CTSI cores that can assist with their projects (e.g. biostatistics, metrics and evaluation, project management, emerging technologies). Any projected assistance from these cores must be included in the budget. Technical Assistance is available to all awardees and includes a variety of engagement support services including capacity building, tools for sustainable and equitable partnerships, and ongoing feedback and input as needed.


Emphasis is placed on improving health and the ability to secure follow-up support. Priority will be given to proposals that address the following:

  • Health care priorities identified in the community through community level assessments such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Town Halls on Health Outcomes that Matter, Partnership for a Healthy Durham, and the Durham County Community Health Assessment.  
  • Proposals that focus on an area of disparity including diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease/hypertension, mental health, cancer, and kidney disease.
  • Pilots that use previously gathered data in selection and tracking of outcomes
  • Programs that show promise and are committed to developing solutions that are sustainable.

Contact Information

General questions not answered in the RFA about the proposals and the review process should be addressed to eve.marion@duke.edu(link sends e-mail) before submission. 

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